NEWS FOR AN EMPIRE by Ralph E. Dyar

NEWS FOR AN EMPIRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Spokane Spokesman Review is recognized by newspapermen as one of the nation's soundest papers. It was started in 1883 as the Spokane Falls Review and its history since then has been one of astimable journalistic achievement and influenced considerably by the clash of events that marked the growth of the West and the development of American news service. As its long time owner, William H. Cowles took over in 1894 after the paper's tempestuous, gun-fighting start. He formed lasting associations with such men of the news world as Horace White, Joseph Medill, Stoddard King, was closely connected with the Taft, Roosevalt and Hoover administrations in his editorial capacity, was an energetic director of the Associated Press and worked until old age on the expansion of service and the increase of editorial responsibility in his own area. Mr. Dyar's method has been not only to relate the events peculiar to the newspaper's own life but to set them in the socio-economic movements of the early 20th century West- the mining, the lumbering, the fights for lower freight rates, city building, the Atom bomb and the Hanford Plant. Ordinarily, first shot opinion about the history of a small city newspaper might be manifested by a sigh of boredom, but this one, though perhaps not generative of nationwide interest, is worth more than a glance from the already interested.

Pub Date: Jan. 4th, 1951
Publisher: Caxton